Waverley Gate Scheme, Rotherham

We were appointed as Principal Contractor for this exciting project through a competitive tender process. Section 38 and Section 278 works were carried out as part of Harworth Estates' plans to create a new sustainable development that will comprise up to 3,890 homes, shops, restaurants, a primary school, and leisure and community facilities including parks and 310-acres of green open space.


  • Section 38 works – construction of a new spine road and stub roads, and shared footway / cycle path
  • Section 278 works – reconfigure existing junction into new signalised junction
  • Bulk earthworks, and large diameter surface and foul water drainage works to accommodate next phase of the housing development and school construction
  • Construction of 2 recreational areas to serve future development
  • Construction of a striking attenuation pond

A proactive and inclusive approach with both our Client and stakeholders was essential to the success of this project. As the work sites were adjacent to existing residential areas, it was imperative that public safety was ensured. Therefore, we liaised closely with stakeholders from contract award to form a clear and thorough Stakeholder Management Plan. This enabled us to phase works effectively, which ensured public safety and in turn minimised disruption to traffic.

We also liaised closely with statutory undertakers such as Yorkshire Water, BT and numerous energy suppliers. We managed and programmed our work effectively to ensure that statutory services remained uninterrupted by our works, thus further minimising any potential disruption of the project.

Challenges and Solutions

  • Under initial plans, site won material was due to be used in the earthworks. However, this was subsequently found to be unsuitable for use, as the moisture content in the ground was too high. We therefore utilised lime stabilisation methods to modify around 8,000m3 of material. This provided an efficient and cost effective solution, whilst also reducing the need to transport materials, thus mitigating the environmental impact of the works further
  • Existing drainage serving local communities and businesses was present on the adjacent site. The drainage system therefore had to be diverted to maintain the system and prevent flooding. Proactive liaison with both Client and stakeholders was essential in ensuring that no disruption was caused
  • It was essential that the highways on which we conducted Section 278 works remained open throughout the works. We therefore worked closely with our Client in order to ensure that all Section 278 works were conducted in a live traffic environment. This was supplemented by a robust traffic management system implemented from our Construction Phase Plan

Thanks to our collaborative approach, the works were completed on time and within budget, with the local authority adopting the works on completion. We pride ourselves on having repeat business with Harworth Estates across a number of their developments.

The Difference We Made
These works have proven to be an important stage of this exciting development which will provide the region with immense residential and economic opportunities in the future. Our proactive approach ensured that all stakeholders were considered, and disruption to local residents and businesses was kept to a minimum. The recreational areas will be enjoyed by the residents of the future development for generations to come.

Waverley Gate and Highfield Lane Scheme

Client: Harworth Estates
Location: Waverley, Rotherham
Contract Value: £4.25million
Contract Period: 62 weeks, ending 2020